A Sligo woman who was found guilty by a jury of transporting a gun for an organised crime gang has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Deirdre Moran, 25, of Glengar, Larkhill Road, Sligo had pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of a revolver at the Lucan Bypass on the M4 on 1 September, 2009. She was convicted by a jury after a nine-day trial

The Organised Crime Unit had been investigating the activities of a criminal gang based in Sligo.

They had very specific information that Deirdre Moran was to collect a gun in Dublin for a former partner in that gang.

A surveillance operation was set up near the Liffey Valley shopping centre and when Ms Moran collected the gun - a Smith and Wesson 22 LR revolver - she was stopped and arrested on the M4.

The silver revolver was found in a sock under the passenger seat.

Defence for Ms Moran told the court she was not sorry that she fully contested the case because demonstrated her belief of her innocence of the charge.